What's a State Record Swordfish Worth? $325,000!

What's a State Record Swordfish Worth? $325,000!

For most anglers, time on the water is pretty valuable. For one South Carolina man it led to a state record swordfish and a six-figure pay day.

Fishing aboard the Pay Dirt in the annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, held earlier this month in Biloxi, Scott Cochran of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., was behind the reel on a 242-pound, 8.64-ounce swordfish that broke the state record by more than 150 pounds.




Scott Cothran of South Carolina set a new Mississippi record for Swordfish. (Photo courtesy MS Department of Marine Resources)

With various incentives, the fish was worth $325,000, including a $100,000 prize from the event's "Swordfish Jackpot," which promised a big cash award to anyone who held the record through the end of the tournament.. The rest of the payoff was based on incentives from several sponsors.


The new record was certified earlier this week by Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources, according to an agency press release.


  • See below for the full-frame photo

The previous record was 75 pounds, set in August, 2007. The record was broken four times in the Classic before Cochran's catch, according to a report by Mississippi Sportsman, which said this was the first year the tournament had a swordfish category.

The swordfish wasn't the only big winner in the tournament, and it wasn't even the most valuable fish.

Five other fish won six-figure payoffs, including a blue marlin worth $403,000. Two other blue marlins won $397,925 and $242,940, respectively. Both weighed more than 550 pounds, with two over 650.

Event organizers said in all, a tournament-record payoff of more than $2 million was awarded.

Learn more about the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic here

(Photo courtesy MS Department of Marine Resources)

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

Recommended for You

Walleye

How to Fish Bottom Bouncers for Walleye

Mark Sak - May 23, 2019

While misunderstood by some, fishing bottom bouncers can be a very productive technique for...

News

Game & Fish Magazine Names New Editorial Director

G&F Online Staff - May 23, 2019

Adam Heggenstaller takes over after 14 years with NRA Publications.

Bass

MLF Pros: What's With the Moon?

G&F Online Staff

We're told to pay attention to the lunar phases. What do bass pros think?

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Berkley's Surge Shad

Major League Fishing pro Scott Suggs has relied on the Berkley Surge Shad lure concept for years, using similar designs to capture MLF titles and a $1 million dollar FLW Forrest Cup win. With new features in the Surge Shad, Suggs tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead that even he can find success out on the water!

Costa and Captains for Clean Water

With the company's heavy involvement in initiatives like Kick the Plastic and Captains for Clean Water campaigns, Costa's Amanda Sabin tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead all about the sunglass maker's unwavering commitment to help the freshwater and saltwater environment.

Simms' Solarflex Ultra Cool Armor Hoody

John Frazier of Simms Fishing Products helps OSG's Lynn Burkhead understand the new features of the new Simms' Solarflex Ultra Cool Armor sun protection hoody.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Panfish

Find and Fish Bluegill Beds Efficiently

Terry Madewell - May 22, 2019

You can catch bluegill faster with these strategies.

Catfish

10 Biggest Catfish World Records of All Time

Jack Vitek - December 08, 2014

Unless you live in Antarctica, the only continent they aren't known to inhabit, there is a...

Bass

7 Best Bets For New Jersey Largemouth Bass

October 04, 2010

From Monksville Reservoir to Union Lake, plus five other picks, here's where you'll...

See More Stories

More Saltwater

Saltwater

Popping Corks Work When Other Tactics Fail

John N. Felsher

This old technique will help you locate and catch speckled trout and other inshore species.

Records

Teen Sets Md. State Record in New Category

G&F Online - July 29, 2019

He was trolling for baitfish with his family when the fish bit.

Saltwater

What I Did This Summer: Caught a Big Shark, No Bull!

Lynn Burkhead - August 16, 2019

Elementary school principal has great story about how big bull shark stole his dinner.

See More Saltwater

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×